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  1. Chrome

    What's on TV?

    Supernatural is back! Yay!
  2. Don't get me wrong, I do sleeve a lot of my games. I sleeve the cards that we're actively using for DragonFire, and I sleeved my Legendary Predator set after an especially sweaty-handed guy sat in with us one night. But there's just too many cards in my Marvel set for me to consider doing now, and to be honest it doesn't hit the table all that much anymore.
  3. Also, last weekend was NukeCon here in Omaha and this year was my 20th time attending! Better yet, my buddy @FreeFall managed to make it down from Sioux Falls this year. This used to be an annual event for us when we ran CAV and Warlord events (if you played Warlord, FF was the guy who wrote the Overlords book) but he hasn't been able to attend often the past several years, so we had a great weekend. Lots of jokes about how old we're getting, and wondering how the hell we used to be able to stay up 'til 2-4 AM playing something and still get back on the con floor at 9 AM to run demos and events all day long. I got in several games over the weekend, but not as many as I'd hoped b/c we mostly picked long/complex games that were new to half of us. Star Trek: Frontiers The Dresden Files card game (x2) Shadowrun Sprawl Ops Dragonfire - we played 5 player with 3 newbies, and won, which was great! The Networks That's me on the left of the pic, and FreeFall is at the end of the table.
  4. I've never even bothered sleeving my Legendary set. Core + all those expansions = me broke. I did however sleeve my Dragonfire set b/c you have to put those plastic clips on the cards to track dmg and I don't want to scratch up the cards.
  5. Yeah, I think Fridays are rough pretty much everywhere in town. Friday Night Magic everywhere.
  6. What? It's comic books. Nobody is ever really dead.
  7. Chrome

    What's on TV?

    I just finished Another Life on Netflix and am 2/3 thru Wu Assassins. I enjoyed both of them. Another Life did an excellent job of moving the plot along without dragging on, spending huge amounts of time on recaps, or characters constantly talking about their feelings. It was refreshing for a Netflix series. Wu Assassins was initially produced as a normal TV series so the episodes are only 40 mins long, making it move quickly too.
  8. This was pretty much my experience with it. I bought it hoping that my wife would like it but all of the small tedious rules kept tripping her up. I tried it again with my parents and they had the same problems, so I ended up selling it.
  9. As someone who helped run a BT forum 20 years ago, somethings never change.
  10. We played Star Wars Outer Rim two weeks ago at game night. It was interesting, but I'm not sure if it'll come out too often. Naturally we loved the theme, but the game itself seemed kinda lacking. I thought it was lacking compared to Firefly or Emergence Event, and the board didn't really make much sense for a game about space travel.
  11. Sorry, but this is pretty common practice here when a KS creator with troubled history starts a new KS. Especially when they're overlapping. The whole point of these forums is to inform people about the pros and cons of these KickStarters. They're not just free advertisements for the creator. If you don't want to see what I've said you can hover over my username and click Ignore User. But what's gone on during the Sprawl Ops KS has gone way beyond the KS norms of delays and missing pledges and I've got too many old friends around here who are interested in BT to not say anything about it.
  12. Agreed, except for this and that I don't believe much about what Catalyst has said about PSI. There's evidence out there that they've twice blamed PSI for things that were there own fault, meanwhile PSI has apparently admitted some fault in this. Meanwhile despite their claims about PSI's total incompetence, Catalyst's higher-ups are content to continue using them as their distributor and the fulfillment center for their online store. Oh, and also one of the items has a lower MSRP than we paid for it as backers.
  13. BTW, PSI only handles distribution for the US. The Canadian distributor released the game last week. Asmodee UK is releasing it to the EU this week. So all 3 of these distributors misunderstood their instructions?
  14. This is the very definition of a contradiction.
  15. Mars is one of those games that seems heavy at first, but half-way thru your second game it seems to click and by game 3 you wonder why you were ever confused. Yes there's a lot going on, but it all makes sense in a real-world way that few other games do, to the point that the mechanics become transparent. (At least that's been my experience playing with about a dozen different people.)
  16. Chrome

    Putting Together A GW Castellan Imperial Knight

    Who are you and why would we care what you've done? But seriously, you should cross-post this to the Show-off forum.
  17. So it’s possible the release to retail wasn’t directly CGL’s fault. A misunderstanding seems likely (see the commitment to July) but I’m not a privileged observer. If CGL uses PSI for this KS, we might see similar mistakes. We might not. (I expect some safeguards to be put in place.) See that's the exact problem with this KS; it's been a constant barrage of contradictions and finger pointing. Catalyst said something (we told them not to ship until July), that exact thing happened (they shipped in July), and then they say that's not what we meant! It's not our fault! And at this point the contradictions have fallen on CGL's side of things way too often for me to believe anything that they say at this point. On the bright side, maybe a different employee will run the BT KS and you guys won't have any of these problems. (I wholeheartedly believe that this all comes down to just one seriously inexperienced/inept employee running this KS.)
  18. An update on the Shadowrun KS - In May, Catalyst made a commitment (their words) that backers would get their copies first; before retailers. As of today Sprawl Ops is available at retail stores worldwide. Meanwhile 1000+ Rest of World backers don't have a single thing.
  19. Look at their bases. The images aren't all the same scale.
  20. I would seriously suggest that you check in on the state of Catalyst's (CGL) current KS before deciding to back this one. Especially if you're outside of the US. Despite CGL saying that the US has been "done" for 2 weeks there seem to be a lot of people who are missing core parts of the KS. No one outside the US has gotten their pledges b/c CGL had all of the product shipped to the US instead of opting to have ROW orders shipped to their individual distribution centers in Canada, Europe, and Australia. They've been sitting there in Atlanta for 3 months now. EU backers are going to have to wait another 4 months (best case scenario) for a 2nd printing b/c the US distributor double-shipped almost 900 copies of the game - eating up half of the games meant for the EU. One of the Add-Ons you could buy were additional dice for the game (it's a dice rolling game) and not a single person who ordered them has gotten them and Catalyst hasn't answered a single question as to why. Catalyst allowed you to add almost anything from their existing catalog onto your pledge, but it appears that most of the people who ordered that stuff didn't get it with their pledges. The $100+ levels included a "Digital Fiction Combo-Novella" that was supposed to be delivered in Oct '18 but they didn't even start writing it until spring of this year. Nobody has gotten it yet. Another Add-On (and the most expensive one) was metal dice and tokens from a 3rd party supplier. Catalyst apparently didn't send them a complete list of orders tho, so some ppl are missing those too. Catalyst's lone customer support employee has been overwhelmed by all of this so they simply weren't returning any emails. Last week in a KS Update, Catalyst said that they'd hired another cust rep specifically to handle emails about this KS, but the KS forum is still full of people saying they've followed the new contact instructions and haven't heard back. And there's a ton of other stuff too. It's honestly the worst run KS I've been involved with since Myth Journeyman. If you do check in on it you'll see a lot of the blame for their current problems being placed on their distributor PSI, but I don't buy that one bit. When there were packaging problems, CGL blamed it on the Chinese warehouse workers. When they didn't get finished product on the boats before Chinese New Year, again it was the warehouse's fault - despite Catalyst getting a bunch of straight-to-retail items on boats that same time. When 100 address changes got missed Catalyst blamed it on PSI, before admitting they screwed it up. Every mistake along the way has been someone else's fault. And all the while the communication from Catalyst has been horrible, with Lynnvander - the company running the KS for them - stuck in the middle, trying to cover for them.
  21. We played the co-op version of Sprawl Ops last night. This was a KS-only* expansion of the game and we used a special KS-only board designed for co-op play. Instead of competing to be the first shadowrun team to defeat the Final Mission, in co-op mode you face the "Black Lodge"; a shadow group who's attempting to take over the city and your teams have to work together to stop them. Co-op adds a few new mechanics to the game and replaces the Final Mission with a # of Black Lodge Missions equal to the # of players. I'm not gonna bore everyone with the added rules, but it really did make the game a lot more interesting. And a lot more harder! There's tons of more dice rolling (which is good, but is why the game takes longer) and it requires a totally different mindset and strategy from the basic version of the game. I really liked it. I'm not one of those people who plays board games by themselves, but I can definitely see myself playing this one solo a few times. Probably controlling 2 or 3 teams tho, instead of just 1 like the solo rules suggest. *If you're really interested in this game when it hits retail, Catalyst and Lynnvander *may* have a few copies of this stuff available to buy at GenCon and other conventions. At least that was their plan, but the shipping problems they've had have negatively impacted their inventory so they may not have any.
  22. I think they're fixed now. Must have been some weird thing between Google Chrome and Google Photos b/c they looked just fine for me until I had to use Firefox for a while at work. Then I just saw that reference string I'm guessing everyone else saw. I changed my post to use copies that I'd uploaded to my BGG gallery instead. I've played this a few more times since and am still enjoying it, although I'm finding that you have to treat all of the runners and gear, etc as fluff and focus more on what dice you're building in order to win. The game plays faster than it seems like it should at first glance and if you get too sucked in on building your team up someone else will jump in and win the game first. There's also a co-op mode that I haven't tried yet. Maybe we'll give it a shot tonight.
  23. Chrome

    What's on TV?

    I just finished watching The Inbetweeners with my son (2nd time thru for me, 1st for him). The good BBC version, not the horrible MTV one. This weekend we're going to rent the movies from Amazon - I was pissed when I found out that Netflix had dropped them even tho it still had the series... Oh and Yellowstone is back! Yay!
  24. Chrome

    Solo gaming

    These aren't wargames, but they do have miniatures - FFG's Descent has an app that has several free campaigns available for it. You control the heroes and the app controls everything else. It gives you a story, tells you which tiles to lay down as you explore, controls the monsters, awards XP, and controls what's available to purchase in town. I've played a couple of the campaigns and they're pretty fun, but a few of them do require the purchase of specific Descent expansions so you have access to the tiles and monsters used in the campaign. There's also a version of the app for Imperial Assault if you're a Star Wars fan. I haven't played that one tho so I can't say how good/bad the campaigns are.